Once again my Web browser is devouring half of my system's available RAM and more swap space than you can shake a stick at, so it's time once again for a long list of links.
Including naturally enough, some Watchmen-related links.
I've got several real posts brewing, none of which I've actually had time to write (just got home from the office, if that's any indication), so without further ado, here we go!
Obama to lift restrictions on stem-cell research
Obama Science Memo Goes Beyond Stem Cells
If Obama accomplishes absolutely nothing else in his entire term in office, if he does nothing to stop the pointless and expensive war in Iraq or right the capsizing economy, then his presidency will still be an epic win. Abandoning religious ideology in favor of actual, genuine science is one of the most important things this nation can do. First World superpowers keep their position only by dint of their technological and scientific basis, yet in the past eight years under anti-intellectual Republican rule, the US slipped to #22 in the world in terms of financial support for basic scientific research.
Rewiring the Brain: Inside the New Science of Neuroengineering
This is an incredibly exciting time to live in. We're closing in on being able to understand and manipulate the stuff of the universe on the smallest scale possible, and we're also closing in on the ability to understand in ways never before possible the most fundamental things that make us who we are. These areas of exploration bring incredible promise.
New Scientist: Humans may be primed to believe in creation
I've written before about how the brain is not an organ of thought so much as an organ for generating beliefs--a "belief engine," if you will--and this research shows that a predisposition belief in purpose is a very strong component of that belief engine.
Missing Link Between Fructose, Insulin Resistance Found
For the first time, a concrete, documented mechanism between fructose and fructose-containing sweeteners and diabetes is uncovered.
Catholic Church excommunicates doctors who perform lifesaving emergency abortion on 9-year-old rape victim; take no action against her rapist
The Vatican uses the line "life must always be protected" to justify the excommunication, in apparent ignorance of the irony that without the abortion, the young rape victim, and the babies, would have died.
Bush: 'Sanctity of Human Life Day'
In the last days of his Administration, former President Bush declared Jan. 18 to be “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” Apparently, the sanctity of human life doesn't apply to the citizens of Middle Eastern nations that happen to be geographically close to other nations that were responsible for terrorist attacks on us.
Steve Pavlina: 2009 Focus - Intimate Relationships
So there's this guy who is...well, I'm not exactly sure what he is. He seems to be a motivational coach (or "personal development" coach, whatever that is). Anyway, he writes a blog, and in his blog he says that 2009 is the year he's going to explore polyamory. And he linked to my site on his list of resources.
Photos of abandoned Russian ships frozen in ice
I really, really, really, really want to visit this place. The Russians have always been amazing at taking urban decay to the next level, and this place is just beautiful.
The Most Amazing Star Trek Collectible of All Time
If by "amazing" you mean "horrifying beyond all human reason." The commentary is priceless.
Watchmen condoms: We're society's only protection
If you want your schlong to look just like Dr. Manhattan's, now's your chance! These blue condoms come in a flip-top case with the smiley face on the front, and ...yeah. I have nothing else to add.